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Religious Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of religious workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of religious workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of religious workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The religious workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Religious Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for religious workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) religious workers is $79,490. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,260. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 273% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of religious workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2.74% 7.03%
1.59% -
0.79% -
0.82% -
1.27% -
- -

Table 2. Religious Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of religious workers in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for religious workers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $64,670. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $19,360).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Accommodation and Food Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Educational Services
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Table 3. Salaries of Religious Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of religious worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Other Religious Workers
Directors, Religious Activities and Education


💰 Highest paying industries for religious workers.